George Church, Ph.D., Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, is widely recognized for his innovative contributions to genomic science and his many pioneering contributions to chemistry and biomedicine. In 1984, he developed the first direct genomic sequencing method, which resulted in the first commercial genome sequence (the human pathogen, H. pylori). Dr. Church invented the broadly applied concepts of molecular multiplexing and tags, homologous recombination methods, and array DNA synthesizers. He is the co-author with Ed Regis of Regenesis, a book that explores the possibilities of the field of synthetic biology.
Khosla is an entrepreneur, investor and technologist. He co-founded the first significant computer-aided design system for electrical engineers and founded Sun Microsystems. A Silicon Valley legend, he’s been involved in semiconductor, computer networking and ad-based search companies, among other ventures. At Khosla Ventures, he focuses on both for-profit and social impact investments. He recently joined Silicon Valley investors Sam Altman, Max Levchin, Matt Ocko, Peter Thiel, Eric Schmidt in their pivots to investing in the synthetic biology industry.